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Posted at 8:22 AM ET, 02/23/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Michigan State bolsters tournament hopes

By Eric Prisbell

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What mattered Tuesday:

Virginia Tech 76, Wake Forest 62: This was a must-win for the Hokies. The victory won't impress anyone, but now the Hokies can set their sights on Duke, which visits Blacksburg on Saturday.

Michigan State 53, Minnesota 48: The Spartans strengthened their revived tournament hopes, while the Golden Gophers continued to fade. They have lost six of seven games and really need to beat Michigan, which has renewed hope, on Saturday.

Tennessee 60, Vanderbilt 51: The Vols held the Commodores to 26 points below their average. Tennessee had lost four of five games before this important road victory.

What to watch for Wednesday:

Cincinnati at Georgetown:
Another Big East game, another game against an NCAA tournament team for the Hoyas. If Georgetown wants a shot at a No. 1 seed it needs to beat the Bearcats in the first of two meetings the rest of the way.

Florida State at Maryland: For the Terps, they simply need to win and get ready for a chance at a quality win at North Carolina. But all eyes will be on FSU, which will be playing without Chris Singleton for the second time but for the first time against a respected opponent. The committee is still trying to figure out what this team is without him.

Temple at Duke: Being No. 1 is dangerous this season. We'll see how Duke handles it against a quality opponent. Temple has won eight straight games, the last five by double digits. The Blue Devils have won 85 straight at home against non-conference opponents.

By Eric Prisbell  | February 23, 2011; 8:22 AM ET
 
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